Olivia Asam '22 Spearheads Project to Benefit the Homeless

Sixth former Olivia Asam completed a service project by making winter care kits for the homeless.  

A native of Shepherdstown, WV, Olivia said that as she’s gotten older her awareness of those less fortunate around her has increased, so she wanted to think of something to do to help out.  She worked with Jennifer Martirano, who assists with coordinating service learning at Saint James, to come up with a plan.

“Most people donate things at Christmas time, but nobody thinks about what happens after that,” she said. “It’s a brutal winter, so Mrs. Martirano and I decided to make these winter care kits.”

The bags included things such as blankets, hand warmers, and hats, as well as snacks and hygiene items. They made both feminine and masculine bags with items tailored to each.

Olivia made flyers to post around campus and set up collection bins in the residence halls and the McIntyre Room. Once the items were collected, she coordinated with a group of students to help pack the bags.  Through generous donations from students, families, faculty, and staff, 57 bags were made. The bags were available for students or staff members to take with them prior to winter long weekend. The idea being an individual would keep the bag(s) in their car, and hand them out when they come across a person in need.

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